Reading has always been a passion of mine, and my husband is blessed with the same interest. We spend a lot of our time in bookstores! I know my school years were more successful because I loved to read.
Reading opens up a world of ideas, places and people. My parents encouraged our reading and I hope we have passed on some of that love of reading to our children. Our oldest was reading long chapter books by the 4th grade. Our daughter loved reading until a 5th grade teacher tried to control what she read, instead of nurturing her interest in reading.
In our home, we have shelves and stacks of books! My husband and I collect many types of books, from classics to series to poetry to religious to children’s books. We encouraged reading with our kids, and hope to continue to nurture that love of reading in our grandchildren.
WHEN is the Best Time to Introduce Books?
Now! Mommies and Daddies!! Singing and reading to babies should begin at birth if not sooner. THe sound of your voices is familiar and soothing at birth. During pregnancy, that growing baby is getting used to the rhythm and flow of your voices. Your baby is learning to love the sound of your voices and loves to hear you speak, even if you are just reading a magazine article. This is a major step on the way to learning to read!
WHAT Books to Read to Children?
Young babies love to hear simple rhythmic books, stories and songs. They love to hear them over and over because it gives them a chance to start learning and remembering sounds and words.
When babies hear those words, those stories, see those books, they learn to connect them with a very special time — one-on-one bonding time with the most important people in the world — YOU! Mommy and Daddy are Baby’s first most important teachers!
When you hold and sing and read to Baby, you are getting him ready to learn to read!
A List of Favorite Books for Children
I don’t sort this list by ages, because I don’t believe in limiting when kids like a certain book. Many books are now in Baby Board Book form, so babies can touch, hold and chew! As a teacher, I have taken picture books apart, laminated the pages, and given little hands a chance to hold, touch and turn pages. Then I could clean the book for the next hands.
Just to get the list started, these are some books I love and have shared with my kids and my students. I ask you to add to this list with comments so we can share more books that nurture reading!
FREE book will be given —– Send in a comment on this post sharing your suggestion for a great children’s book or way to nurture reading in children. One person will be chosen to receive a free children’s book!
My Starter List!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin & Eric Carle
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss & Crockett Johnson
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin & John Archambault
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch & Sheila McGraw
More More More, Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
On the Night You Were Born (recordable) by Nancy Tillman
Poky Little Puppy by Golden Books
Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister Herbert
Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Time for Bed by Mem Fox & Jane Dyer
Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
WHERE to Find Books?
The Library! Go to your local library and check them out for free! The following links are to some of our local libraries, with links to their children’s activities and story times. Some have annual book sales. The last public libraries link provides many links to locations of libraries around the country!
- Madison County Libraries – www.madisoncountylibrary.org 3 locations in Marshall, Hot Springs, and Mars Hill
- Haywood County Libraries – www.haywoodlibrary.org 4 locations in Canton, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek
- Buncombe County Libraries – www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/aspx Main Branch in Asheville, 11 other locations throughout the county
- Henderson County Library – www.henderson.lib.nc.us
- Transylvania County Library – www.transylvania.lib.nc.us
- Public Libraries websites – www.publiclibraries.com links to public libraries in each state, with links to local branches and phone numbers
Books for Less: Wipe and clean before use.
- Goodwill and other thrift stores
- Yard Sales
- Flea Markets
- Independent and Used bookstores
Bookstores and Online:
- Barnes & Noble – www.barnesandnoble.com
- Books-a-Million – www.booksamillion.com
- Amazon.com – www.amazon.com
Places for Book Treasures:
Book treasures that are out of print, rare or hard to find can be found in used book shops and auctions. A few places we’ve found…..
- Tuten Penland Auctions – Swannanoa, Buncombe County, NC – www.tommytutenandjohnnypenlandauctions.com
- Bookends – North Myrtle Beach, SC – www.bookendsonline.com
- Beach Book Mart – Atlantic Beach, NC – located at Atlantic Station Shopping Center
- Wolf’s Head Books – St. Augustine, FL – www.wolfsheadbooks.com
- Morehead City Book Shop – Morehead City, NC – www.moreheadcitybookshop.com